Jungle Beat: The Movie

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Animated animals teach alien about love; mild peril.
  • G
  • 2020
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Love and affection can conquer all. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Munki, Trunk, and Rocky assume the best of others, and that brings out the best in others.

Violence & Scariness

In typical cartoon violence, animals are flung high in the air but always land safely. An ostrich baby who wants to fly climbs up high trees to launch herself. Conquering aliens try to declare Earth theirs, but they aren't terribly threatening. Bees chase animals. Wildebeests stampede and threaten everything in their path. A frog swallows a computer. A spaceship crashes. A character wishes to imprison the animals.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jungle Beat: The Movie is an animated romp featuring animals who wake up one morning and discover they can talk, all because a gentle alien has landed in their midst. When the animals welcome him warmly, he's reluctant to complete his mission, which is to conquer Earth, but the animals try to help so that he can accomplish his task and go home. Mild cartoon perils are played mostly for comic effect. The message, suitable for young kids, is that love, warmth, and affection can conquer loneliness and aggression.   

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Adult Written byERice97 June 28, 2020

"Jungle Beat" Brings Cosmic Fun Down To Earth For The Whole Family

In this new animated romp, Fneep, a mild-mannered alien, arrives to upend the peaceful world of an African jungle. He makes quick friends with the eccentric ani... Continue reading
Adult Written byjlb813 June 28, 2020

Such a Cute Movie

This is a perfect movie for all ages! It is so sweet and lighthearted. The overall message is positive and uplifting. My younger siblings loved this movie and s... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMiddleBaker June 26, 2020

SUCH A SWEET MOVIE

This movie was one that the kids and I enjoyed together. It was so happy and positive as well as encouraging. The movie taught that love is strong and that ever... Continue reading

What's the story?

When the animals rise one morning in JUNGLE BEAT: THE MOVIE, they're surprised to find that they can suddenly talk. They quickly learn that the power comes from an alien named Fneep (Ed Kear), a rubbery little blue creature who is too shy and embarrassed to admit that he's been sent by the people of Scaldra to conquer Earth. A monkey called Munki (David Menkin), an elephant named Trunk (Ina Marie Smith), a rhino named Rocky (David Menkin), and a hedgehog called Humph (John Guerrasio) are so warm and friendly that, just to be helpful, they immediately agree to be conquered. We learn that Fneep is an unusually peaceful Scaldronian, making him a bit of a failure in his own world, so he's grateful that he can finally report that he's made a conquest. All he wants to do is go home now, even though he has no friends. When his father, the large and blustery Grogan (David Rintoul), arrives to take him home, he decides to conquer Earth himself, which requires taking the animals as prisoners back to Scaldra. Fneep moves to defend his new friends and uses hugs to convert his father to more peaceful ways.

Is it any good?

This movie is adorable. With a little bit of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial -- an alien longing for home -- and a tad of the fun, talking, singing animals of Madagascar, the ingredients whip up a recipe that young kids will enjoy. And if they learn from watching Munki, Trunk, and Rocky about how to make shy people feel welcome, and how important hugs and encouragement are, that's just a bonus.

The animals in Jungle Beat: The Movie marvel at how much fun it is to talk and to learn new words, echoing the process many younger viewers may be experiencing themselves as their vocabularies grow by the minute. In one scene, a character struggles to be patient and do the right thing instead of being impulsive, something many kids will relate to. The inclusion of an ill-tempered hedgehog named Humph, who is probably grumpy because no one can safely hug him, balances what might otherwise feel a bit treacly and oversweet.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kind of person Fneep seems to be. Why do you think he doesn't want to tell the friendly animals on Earth what his mission is?

  • What do the animals teach Fneep in Jungle Beat: The Movie? How can you make others feel welcome?

  • How does Fneep reconnect with his blustery father? Does sweetness work better than anger in relationships? Why?

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